HOOTS RECOGNIZED AABC 2017 SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
The 2017 Danville HOOTS Connie Mack Team received the American Amateur Baseball Congress "National Sportmanship Award" in recognition of their performance, behavior, and sportsmanship at the Connie Mack World Series. The award is recognition of everyone associated with the HOOTS program and for respect and ethical conduct throughout the season and the Connie Mack World Series.
Kim Stradling, AABC Vice President Connie Mack Division commented to Coach Johns "we take the Sportsmanship Award very serious." Additional response, "it was a pleasure to have the Danville HOOTS in the CMWS this year. You guys are a class organization and it was very evident from Day 1 that it's leadership was first rate. I mentioned to Mike and Richard that to have each member of a team come up and personally thank me for the opportunity to be here, as your team did, was a first. You have a great bunch of kids! "
This is the second time the HOOTS have been recognized for their conduct and sportmanship at the Connie Mack World Series. In 2009 the team received the C.O. Brown Sportsmanship award on their first trip to the World Series.
Coach Johns, "The HOOTS program each year has a goal to play at a high level and achieve success, yet develope our players both on and off the field. That is part of the respect you want as a program and as a player. I am very proud that our players receive recognition for sportsmanship and conduct. These are life lessons, and that goes a long way when the game ends which is does for everyone."